Why we started CEBHA+
Sub-Saharan Africa is affected by a substantial burden of disease. Results of the Global Burden of Disease study show that premature deaths due to non-communicable diseases and unintentional injuries are on the rise.
Inadequate human resources, a weak healthcare infrastructure and limited capacities pose enormous challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. Inefficient prevention and treatment measures are straining already overstretched resources in health systems.
There is a need to develop and implement evidence-based interventions to prevent and treat non-communicable diseases and unintentional injuries in Africa. There is a further need to address the paucity of rigorous research relevant to the African context and a need to enhance the effective translation of evidence into policy-and-practice.
We think the solution lies in evidence-based health care and public health, which involves using best available evidence as well as knowledge and values of stakeholders and experts in making decisions that affect health.
As an overarching goal, CEBHA+ aims to build long-term capacity and infrastructure for evidence-based healthcare and public health in sub-Saharan Africa. We aim to accomplish this by ensuring that the priority research questions are relevant and fill a real gap, through conducting robust research and through overcoming the disconnect between primary research, evidence synthesis and implementation into policy-and-practice.
Priority Research Areas
Together with partner institutions and policy-makers, CEBHA+ identified 3 priority health problems in sub-Saharan Africa: diabetes mellitus, hypertension and road traffic injuries.
CEBHA+ research will support public health research infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa through the conduct of primary research, systematic reviews, and the promotion of the use of research evidence in decision-making.
CEBHA+ capacity building focuses on building capacity within CEBHA+ partner institutions and beyond, on an individual, organisational and system level, in conducting high-quality research and evidence synthesis, and in translating research into policy-and-practice.
CEBHA+ networking aims to improve connectivity between all partners and promote close ties with policy-and-practice partners.
CEBHA+ has emerged from the Collaboration for Evidence Based Health Care in Africa (CEBHA)